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For Budapest eTwinning Conference 2011

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  • 1.
    • Subjects:
    • Cross-curricular (Maths, Science, ICT, languages,..)
    • Syllabus contents:
    • Statistics, Functions, Energy, Ecology
    • Number of students:
    • 25-30
    • Age:
    • 15
    • Duration:
    • 1 month
    www.etwinning.es Proyectos de Colaboracin Escolar en Europa Instituto de Tecnologas Educativas Torrelaguna 58, 28027 Madrid. Tfno:+34 913778383 Title: Be money smart, be ecological!

2.

  • Objectives of the project:
  • learning to interprete the energy bills
  • being able to compare among different energy sources
  • Developing responsible energy consumption habits
  • by means of:
  • gathering real energy consumption data (at home)
  • comparing the cost of the different domestic energy sources
  • finding out whether there are equations which model the energy consumption
  • identifying the energy consumption of the differentelectrical equipmentat home, and the standby consumption
  • after asking partners about climate, amount of daylight, lifestyle, formulating hypotheses on their estimated domestic energy consumption
  • verifying the stated hypotheses

www.etwinning.es Proyectos de Colaboracin Escolar en Europa Instituto de Tecnologas Educativas Torrelaguna 58, 28027 Madrid. Tfno:+34 913778383 3.

  • What for?
  • To deal with a real problem, significant to the community, about which students care

www.etwinning.es Proyectos de Colaboracin Escolar en Europa Instituto de Tecnologas Educativas Torrelaguna 58, 28027 Madrid. Tfno:+34 913778383 Starting with the end in mind

  • What? Contents, skills, habits
  • Go through the curriculum and identify where a project fits
  • Choose two or three curricular items to focus on
  • Assessment
  • Learning skills, collaboration skills, critical thinking, knowledge acquisition
  • Set up clear criteria to measure achievements

4.

  • What for?
  • Energy is a key factor in domestic economy but we dont always understand its implications well enough

www.etwinning.es Proyectos de Colaboracin Escolar en Europa Instituto de Tecnologas Educativas Torrelaguna 58, 28027 Madrid. Tfno:+34 913778383 5.

  • What?

www.etwinning.es Proyectos de Colaboracin Escolar en Europa Instituto de Tecnologas Educativas Torrelaguna 58, 28027 Madrid. Tfno:+34 913778383

  • Contents
      • Power units
      • Percentages
      • Statistics
      • Functions
      • Everyday life Maths
      • Ecology awareness
  • Skills
      • Teamwork
      • Formulating and testing hypothesis
      • Interpreting, comparing and relating real data
      • Using ICT in a variety of tasks
      • Capacity to overcome difficulties and reorient work
      • Communicating in own and foreign language
  • Habits
      • Curiosity and Initiative
      • Self-confidence
      • Self-awareness of own skills and things to improve
      • Perseverance
      • Critical thinking
      • Commitment to the community

6.

  • Short
  • Real
  • Meaningful
  • Motivating
  • It must answer the question What for? in every stage of the project

www.etwinning.es Proyectos de Colaboracin Escolar en Europa Instituto de Tecnologas Educativas Torrelaguna 58, 28027 Madrid. Tfno:+34 913778383 The driving question 7.

  • Energy is money. How can we save both at home?

www.etwinning.es Proyectos de Colaboracin Escolar en Europa Instituto de Tecnologas Educativas Torrelaguna 58, 28027 Madrid. Tfno:+34 913778383 The driving question 8.

  • What will be assessed in early, middle and late stages?
  • What criteria will be considered?
  • What tools will be used?

www.etwinning.es Proyectos de Colaboracin Escolar en Europa Instituto de Tecnologas Educativas Torrelaguna 58, 28027 Madrid. Tfno:+34 913778383 Assessment 9. www.etwinning.es Proyectos de Colaboracin Escolar en Europa Instituto de Tecnologas Educativas Torrelaguna 58, 28027 Madrid. Tfno:+34 913778383

  • Early stages
      • Initiative
      • Teamwork contributions
      • Quality of searched info
      • Ability to predict and formulate hypotesis
  • Middle stages
      • Decision-making after checking hypotheses
      • Ability to overcome difficulties and reorient work
      • Use of appropriate language to communicate (vocabulary, graphics,..)
      • Ability to communicate in a foreign language (if necessary)
      • Use of ICT to help solve the main question
      • Giving reasonable answers to questions arising
  • Final stage
      • Fulfillment of the task (answer to the driving question)
      • Quality and originality of products
      • Presentation of results

10. www.etwinning.es Proyectos de Colaboracin Escolar en Europa Instituto de Tecnologas Educativas Torrelaguna 58, 28027 Madrid. Tfno:+34 913778383 Assessment criteria: rubrics 1 2 3 4 Problem solving Little or no ability to reorient strategiesSome of the difficulties are overcome; little reorientation of strategies Most of the difficulties are overcome and lead to reorienting strategies Great ability to overcome difficulties and reorient strategies Presentation The reader is unable to follow the steps taken in the solution Solution is difficult to follow at times Solution is presented in a logical manner Solution is presented in an easy follow step-by-step model 11.

  • What do your students need to know?
  • Things they already know
  • Things to be learnt before getting started
  • Things to learn during the project

www.etwinning.es Proyectos de Colaboracin Escolar en Europa Instituto de Tecnologas Educativas Torrelaguna 58, 28027 Madrid. Tfno:+34 913778383 Mapping the project (1) 12. www.etwinning.es Proyectos de Colaboracin Escolar en Europa Instituto de Tecnologas Educativas Torrelaguna 58, 28027 Madrid. Tfno:+34 913778383

  • Already known
      • Basic statistics
      • Linear functions
      • Info search resources (Internet, library,..)
      • Basic ICT: spreadsheet, email, chat, forum,
      • Level of foreign language enabling communication
  • Before getting started
      • How to read a bill
      • Suggestions on teamwork: making task lists, assigning roles, distributing tasks, project diary,
      • Joint reflection on assessment
  • During the project
      • Comparison among different kind of energy resources
      • Basic statistical data processing
      • ICT tools that seem to be useful as one goes along

13. Milestones www.etwinning.es Proyectos de Colaboracin Escolar en Europa Instituto de Tecnologas Educativas Torrelaguna 58, 28027 Madrid. Tfno:+34 913778383 Mapping the project (2)

  • Set up a concrete series of milestones to fine tune the project
  • Be flexible
  • Assess, rethink, refine

14.

  • Milestones:
  • Bring real bills to class: electricity, gas,. Interprete them. Look for equations which fit the costs. Learn about power units
  • Compare the costs of the different energy sources and heating systems, as well as of the different electrical appliances
  • Compare data (in groups), measuring both the pros a